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9 November 2009

Stories from 9 November 2009

Video: The world commemorates the fall of the Berlin Wall

Today is the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a complex security structure that once divided East and West Berlin in Germany. Today we are showcasing some...

Colombia: Preserving Afro-Colombian Culture in San Basilio de Palenque

The descendants of escaped African slaves, who are now living in the village of San Basilio de Palenque in northern Colombia are working to preserve their cultural heritage through their...

Russia: Bloggers Discuss 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall just a handful of Russian bloggers mention what some call "the most important event in the history of the 20th century."...

India: Barring Foreign Journalists

“In barring foreign journalists from going to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh to report the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama’s week-long visit to the northeastern State which China off and...

Pakistan: Shanaakht Festival

Faisal Kapadia attended the Shanakht Festival in Karachi and writes: ‘I would recommend all of you to hurry and catch a glimpse of a side of us not often on...

India: Sharing Expenses And Gender Equality

Nita J. Kulkarni at A Wide Angle View Of India raises a debate on whether a working couple should share the financial burden equally. She comments: “I believe that this...

China: Teachers’ strike

Husunzi from China Study group blogs about a recent teachers’ strike from three privately-owned primary and secondary schools in Chengdu, Sichuan. The strike was against the government's taking over the...

China: Protest against government “hook” by chopping little finger off

Xujun Eberlein from Inside-out China blogs about a 18-year-old man Sun Zhongjie's act of chopping off his little finger off to protest against the Shanghai Traffic Management Bureau's “hook” on...

Featured Author: Maryna Reshetnyak

As Global Voices Russian Language Health Editor, Maryna Reshetnyak spends most of her time covering the Kiev-based Rising Voices grantee project, The Drop-In Center. She also blogs on Global Voices...

China and Hong Kong: Is Dialogue Possible?

Roland Soong talks about the inward-looking character of both Hong Kong and Mainland bloggers and discusses the thesis on whether or not cross-border dialogue is possible.

Ukraine: Internet Offers Swine Flu Common Sense

Inconsistency in health officials’ reports about the flu epidemic in Ukraine has led to rumors and gossip. The Internet has served as a medium for unbiased information about the epidemic,...

Nigeria: Remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa

Chidi Opara remembers Ken Saro-Wiwa, the Nigerian writer, environmental and minority rights activist who was executed on 10th November, 1995 by the then military rulers of Nigeria

Kenya: Mwai Kibaki and Odinga must co-operate with ICC

The Partnership for Change has issued a statement calling for Mwai Kibaki And Raila Odinga to cooperate with the International Criminal Court and ensure The Special Tribunal Bill in Kenya...

Angola: The high cost of living in Luanda

The high cost of living in the country is paradoxical: Angola's high development indicators are not reflected in the finances of the majority of Angola's citizens and do not translate...

Uganda & Kenya: In Search of e-Governance

Good governance has been linked to gains in economic and human development. Governments have begun using technologies to offer more citizen services, expand transparency and make information more accessible. We...

Southern Madagascar Hit Hard by Severe Drought and Toxic Spill

While the political direction of Madagascar remains mired in total uncertainty since the coup d'etat in March, in Addis Ababa, the international community is again trying to mediate an agreement...

Cameroon: Bloggers discuss Paul Biya's 27 years in power

On 6th November 2009, President Paul Biya of the West African state of Cameroon celebrated his 27th anniversary in power by writing a letter to his citizens. The letter was...

Russia: Officer Exposes Police Corruption Using the Web

On November 6, a police officer at the Department of Internal Affairs in Novorossiysk used his personal Web site to address Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and talk about numerous...

Egypt: Swine Flu Update

From  Egypt, Zeinobia brings us an update on H1N1 or swine flu.

Saudi Arabia: The Houthis, Iran and Saudi Arabia

John Burgess at Crossroads Arabia connects the dots between the Houthis in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Iran.

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